John Plumtree seems to have forgotten that he’s meant to be stepping aside at some stage of this Currie Cup season to take a well-earned sabbatical; in fact, far from melting quietly into the background for a spell, the Sharks coach seems to be playing a very prominent role in the team’s campaign, to the extent that he was yesterday named Currie Cup Coach of the Month for August.
While the Currie Cup has been wide open so far this year, the Sharks have emerged as the early pace-setters and are the only side to have won more games than they’ve lost after four rounds. Whilst the wins haven’t always been comfortable or convincing (and the single loss a rather heavy one at Loftus), the panel of of experts entrusted with the task have deemed Plumtree more deserving of the monthly award than other contenders in Johan Ackermann (Lions) and Pine Pienaar (Bulls) – and rightly so, I might add!
The Player of the Month award for August goes to Bulls pivot Louis Fouche, who certainly has been impressive in home wins against the Sharks and Griquas, but is yet to deliver the sort of commanding performance away from Loftus to suggest that he’s quite ready assume the mantle of the great Blue Bull flyhalf generals of the past. Certainly anyone watching Fouche’s Bulls go down by a shocking 34-point margin at Newlands over the weekend could be forgiven for questioning this award in particular.
Fouche, though, remains the competition’s top points scorer, although one does wonder how exactly he was preferred to a player like Meyer Bosman, who has also kicked everything on offer yet has offered far more consistency to date.Tweet